This photo of Mary Richards, Emma Hansen, Sophia McLaws and James Edward Shelley was taken in the late 1930s in Joseph City.
Joseph City was a bustling community in the early years when Route 66 was the only road through town. This photo was taken looking west down Route 66 near where the old LDS church stood and where Hansen’s Automotive now stands.
Among those participating in the Founder’s Day celebration held March 24, 1952, were Gwen Webb at the piano, Maurine DeSpain, Charlotte Petersen, Roxie Shelley, Beulah Hunt, Illa Claire Miller and Betty Jo Hunt. The photo was taken in the old church.
Earl Westover, Walter Shelley, Aiken Smith, John Miller, Irene Roberson, Lawrence Wimmer, Clinton Duncan, Glenn Blansett and Gerald Wilkinson were among those present in the back lot of a home on 123 West Main Street just prior to the installation of the town’s sewer system around 1950.
Among those attending the Joseph City High School ground breaking ceremony in 1971 were (left to right) Eldon Shelley, the priest from Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Holbrook, Brantley Baird, Virgil Bushman Sr., Loral Petersen, H.M. Alford, B.G. Bennett, Ann Baldry and Perry Baldwin. Notice the stage was on a big semi truck trailer.
Photo courtesy of Beau Tubbs
The June 1960 issue of Spark & Flame featured the headline Cholla Project to Start Soon and was full from front to back of stories about the impending build and operation of Cholla Power Plant. The front page featured this photo of the chosen location for the plant.
Photos courtesy of Amber Fish
By Linda Kor
The 140th annual Joseph City Founders Day will be celebrated on Saturday, March 26.
For those who want an early start on the festivities, a Zumbathon will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, March 25, at the old gym at Joseph City Elementary School.
On Saturday, family and friends will be welcomed as the day begins with a flag raising ceremony and breakfast at 6 a.m. at the LDS church, located at 8181 Westover St., and a 5K/10K run beginning at 6:15 a.m. in front of the church.
B.G. “Bill” Bennett and Lynn A. Rogers have been selected for induction into the Joseph City Hall of Fame. This honor recognizes individuals who have made a difference in the lives of the people living in the community. They will be honored during a presentation and reception slated from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at the New Life Center Church on Main Street, and the public is encouraged to attend. After the reception, they will be honored as part of the parade procession.
A turkey shoot will take place at 9 a.m. on Porter Road past the Penrod landfill; look for the signs along the roadway for directions.
At 10 a.m. a parade will travel on Main Street from the west end of town to Tanner Park. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the fireman’s barbecue will be held at the Joseph City Volunteer Fire Station on Main Street. Mouth watering barbecue will be served for $8 a plate. There will also be an antique tractor show with viewings both before and after the parade at the Bushman home on Porter Road.
After lunch, a foot rodeo and pioneer games will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Hendricks’ arena on Main Street. Also during that time a basketball tournament will be held at the high school.
Most events have a small entry or admission fee. Parade entries must be made in advance. Sign up for all other events on site. To enter the parade, call (928) 386-4190; for all other information, call (602) 469-4782.